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Old 03-24-2013, 04:47 PM   #1
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Question Anyone have Nill grips on their P88?

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I've been on the prowl for a while now in search of Nill wood grips for my full size P88. The trick is, I'd like them without the thumbrest. This model is no longer manufactured, unfortunately, so it's proving to be quite difficult to find a set.

What I'm starting to think about is ordering the currently made Nill grips with the thumbrest, and then sanding it down and putting another couple coats of finish on them to even them out.

Is this a terrible idea? Does anyone here have a set with the thumbrest, and if so, does it appear that this idea might work?

Really I just want some nice wood grips on there because it's such a good looking and nicely made gun, I feel like it deserves something better than black plastic.

(Alternatively, if you have some regular P88 Nills that you don't need, I'm willing to help you turn a profit on them. )
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:52 PM   #2
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Seems logical that sanding a set of new Nill grips will turn them into something other than Nill grips, and they are expensive to start with. Does no one else make a set of wood grips for the P88? You might be able to meet your needs and save some money at the same time.
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:26 PM   #3
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I've never seen wood grips made by anyone else, at least not for the full size model. If someone knows of another manufacturer, I'd be willing to pursue that.

I just figured that with some thumb rest Nills and 30 minutes of sanding and some stain, they'd at least look alright. I have Nills on most of my other guns, at least the ones that they're available for. But you're right in that they're not cheap and I'd hate to ruin a set.

Edit: Heck, I might just get the thumb rest Nills and see how I like them. I might not mind the rest as much as I think I will. I mostly just think they look cleaner and nicer without it. Hmmm....

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I've never seen wood grips made by anyone else, at least not for the full size model. If someone knows of another manufacturer, I'd be willing to pursue that.
Earl's Repair has P88 grips without thumbrest listed on his website.
There's a high likelihood that the ones he offers are made by Nill.

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Old 03-25-2013, 12:07 PM   #5
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No, he's sold out. I've asked.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:23 PM   #6
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I wonder if these would fit?
Walther CP88 by Umarex Wood Grips | eBay

EDIT: Might be worth a call to Umarex to find that out...

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Old 03-25-2013, 03:57 PM   #7
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Heh, I've looked into that too. The CP88 is based on the P88 Compact, which doesn't have the cutout for the decocker/safety on the P88.
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I just figured that with some thumb rest Nills and 30 minutes of sanding and some stain, they'd at least look alright.
If you're comfortable and adept with woodworking, I don't see why you wouldn't be able to take that thumb rest down some with some careful sanding, being very careful around the checkering. Stain however, shouldn't be in the plan, as I believe the Nill grips to have an oil finish - not stain.

My P5 grips arrived from Grips4u in pretty much finished condition. I did however, finish sand the grip flats glass smooth with 1000-grit paper, then rubbed in a few coats of Ballistol. Every time I bring her (or any of my guns) out for a range session, I rub down the whole gun, grips included, with Ballistol.

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The big question is: are these grips broader or smaller than the stock plastic grips?
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Most all wood grips, Nills included, are larger than the original plastic models that they replace.
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